Ellen Bucciferro has been practicing yoga since 2005, and has been a yoga instructor since 2009. She received her teaching certification from Ashtanga Yoga in New Paltz, New York. Recently retired, Ellen was an elementary school teacher for thirty years.
In Ellen's classes, a lot of focus is on breath and movements in asanas, paying close attention to the alignment of the body. Ellen feels that focusing on the asanas with the breath, while challenging both the body and mind in the Hatha yoga practice, is instrumental in building strength and confidence in all practitioners. Her philosophy is that "as a student's confidence increases, and the physical changes are evident, the body, mind and soul come into harmony and improve the outlook of day-to-day living and relationships."
For Ellen, practicing yoga is a life-long journey, as there will always be something on which to improve. Listening to what the body is telling you, whether to push a posture, or back off is the key to continuing a healthy yoga practice into your golden years. With all that Ellen has received from her yoga practice, she enjoys, with as much intensity, giving back as a teacher.
Sara Hart is fine artist-yogini who is grateful to have found a lifestyle that supports her creativity & spirituality, as well providing a professional holistic healing practice in the United States. Originally from a small area outside NYC, Sara has traveled and studied Yoga in many places to help heal her own mind and body from complications of injuries, PTSD, and to gain better clarity and awareness in herself. Combining a Fine Art Degree and over 15 years of Yoga & a Crystal Healing practice, Sara is humbled and inspired to share this practice with others. She combines her studies in meditation, pranayama and spiritual philosophy with her study of asana and art to create a challenging and comprehensive asana practice that caters to creative professionals, athletes & trainers, teachers & leaders, and those healing from addiction and illness. Working with Sara you will experience inspiring words of wisdom for living in today’s world and a nurturing hands-on approach to alignment and energy healing with aromatherapy ad crystal energy healing to nurture and relax the mind bod and soul.
Ami founded and directed two New Paltz Yoga studios: Jai Ma Yoga Center from 1999-2015 and YogAlive 2015-2017. When Ami first started Yoga in 1991, her life fundamentally shifted. After she completed her first Teacher Training in 1995, Ami was asked to teach and has been teaching ever since. Her journey led her to receive teaching certifications as an Anusara and Kripalu Yoga Teacher and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist. Ami is a Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor with the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. She belongs to the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Ami has been leading Yoga Teacher Trainings since 2001. She specializes in therapeutic yoga, teaching her students how to come into alignment, eliminate pain and deepen their practice. Her classes inspire and empower students to embrace life more fully. She works with clients to create balance and health through diet and lifestyle. Ami is the author of “108 Yoga Poses” and her articles been featured in several publications, such as Mountain Bike Magazine. Ami has studied meditation, Ayurveda, energy work and various forms of Yoga throughout the US and India. Her current practice focuses on Hatha Yoga as well as Bhakti (devotional) Yoga and the study of philosophy and Sanskrit.
Like many men I resisted trying yoga for years, thinking it was just for women and not physically challenging enough for me. When I did finally joined a class, I embraced it fully and my yoga journey began!! The wonderful benefits yoga provides were immediately apparent. Increased flexibility and strength, more fluid body movement and better breathing techniques, as well as a fuller understanding of the mind/body connection. Which are all foundations of what I bring to my yoga classes. I completed my 200-hour certification and continue working for my 500-hour certification at Asheville Yoga Center in NC. Where I studied several different styles of yoga, Iyengar, Anusara, Ashtanga, Bhakti, Yin and Vinyasa. In my classes there will be certain elements of these styles interwoven into a fun Vinyasa flow to strengthen, energize and revitalize the body mind and spirit.
HariPrakaash teaches Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and Gong Sound Healing. In 1996 she began her practice in Woodstock, New York. She has been a teacher of Yoga since 2006. Her training in Kundalini Yoga began with Harijiwan, that relationship, which continues to grow, expands her devotion and gratitude to these sacred teachings. Her Sadhana (personal practice) and classes benefit from her love for music, creative spirit and connection to planet Earth. Her prayer is that the teachings continue to flow through her accurately and authentically. She is deeply grateful for her teachers, the teachings and the energy that flows through her. HariPrakaash brought Kundalini Yoga and the "Gong Movement" to the Hudson Valley of NY in a very grass roots way, by teaching out of her living room. She has inspired and guided dozens of people to take KRI teacher trainings and become teachers themselves. She continues to inspire and uplift the individuals she teaches daily. You will find HariPrakaash at various music, yoga festivals and retreat centers. She also teaches out of Private Locations and Yoga studios in the Tri-State NY area as well as Los Angeles, CA. She holds an International KRI certification in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. HariPrakaash has attended and is certified in dozens of KRI Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 trainings. She is also a certified Hatha Yoga teacher.
Gabriel first became passionate about health and wellness during his last semester of college in a class that studied the Alexander Technique. He gained perspective on the seemingly endless potential the human body and mind have to achieve incredible things if they are treated mindfully, with care and with an understanding of how to best use them. Yoga had come in and out of his life before but now he understood just how important and useful this practice was. Since then he has slowly been working towards becoming a full-time instructor so that he can spend as much time as possible learning and exploring this powerful practice. Gabriel hopes to share everything he has learned about healing, growth and the vast human potential of any body or mind, to any and as many of those who are willing to listen.